The Faithful invoke Mary as their Mother, but they invoke Her as private individuals: Priests, on the contrary, invoke Mary, not only as private individuals, but also in the capacity of public ministers of the Church, and in the name of the Church. It is certain that in celebrating Mass, in reciting their office, and in other functions they shine with a splendor which the laity cannot possess, because (as St. Ignatius the Martyr says) they are nearer to the light - they are, as it were, clothed with the light. Now, the Church continually charges Priests to invoke Mary; and, however much faith may sometimes languish, Mary has ever been held in honor and special veneration. How great, then, will be Her liberality to Priests who strive to honor Her, not only in the Churchʼs name, but in the Churchʼs spirit! Therefore, let us invoke Her as our tender Mother, and be assured that She will protect those who labor for the Church under Her shadow.
Meditations for the Use of the Clergy, Oblate of Saint Charles Angelo Scotti
To Mary Most Holy
Oh Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests,
accept this title which we be stow on you
to celebrate your motherhood and to contemplate
with you the priesthood of your Son and of your sons,
Oh holy Mother of God.
Oh Mother of Christ, to the Messiah priest you gave a body of flesh
through the anointing of the Holy Spirit
for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart;
guard priests in your heart and in the Church,
Oh, Mother of the Saviour.
Oh Mother of Faith, you accompanied to the Temple
the Son of Man,the fulfilment of the promises given to the fathers;
give to the Father for his glorythe priests of your Son,
Oh Ark of the Covenant.
Oh Mother of the Church,
in the midst of the disciples in the upper room
you prayed to the Spirit for the new people and their shepherds;
obtain for the Order of Presbyters a full measure of gifts,
Oh Queen of the Apostles.
Oh Mother of Jesus Christ,
you were with him at the beginning of his life and mission,
you sought the Master among the crowd,
you stood beside him when he was lifted
up from the earth consumed as the one eternal sacrifice,
and you had John, your son, near at hand;
accept from the beginning those who have been called,
protect their growth,in their life ministry accompany your sons, oh Mother of Priests.